Polytechnic University of the Philippines
|Polytechnic University of the Philippines|
|Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas|
Seal of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
|Motto||Tanglaw ng Bayan|
Motto in English
|Light of the Nation|
|Established||October 19, 1904|
|Endowment||₱1.057 billion (US$24 million) (2015)|
|President||Emanuel de Guzman|
Maroon and Gold
|Sports||Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Combat, Football, Flying disc games, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate, Volleyball, Water Polo|
|Nickname||PUP Mighty Maroons|
|Affiliations||State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association
National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities
Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning
Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines
International Association of Universities
Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (translated in Filipino as Poliktenikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas and abbreviated as PUP) is a coeducational, research state university system in Philippines. It was founded on October 19, 1904, as the Manila Business School, then the city's business school. PUP is governed by Republic Act Number 8292 known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997 and its implementing rules and regulations contained in the Commission on Higher Education's Memorandum Circular No. 4, series 1997. Through Proclamation No. 482, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared PUP as the National Comprehensive University in 2003, coinciding with the university's centennial. The PUP System is the largest university in the Philippines by enrollment with 68,249 students in 2013. PUP operates on three campuses in Manila, and has 21 satellite branches and campuses located all over the country.
PUP is known as the "Poor Man's University", where the sons and daughters of farmers, fishermen, factory workers, jeepney and tricycle drivers, washerwomen, fishball vendors and other marginalized people studies. PUP is notable for charging the lowest tuition among all universities in the Philippines at 12 pesos (US$0.29) per academic unit, a rate that has remained unchanged since 1979.
PUP confers diploma, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and is broadly organized into its Graduate School, Open University, 14 colleges, the Laboratory High School and the Institute of Technology. Students and graduates of the university are called PUPians or "Iskolar ng Bayan" (Scholars of the Nation). Its Bachelor of Arts in Filipinology, Bachelor in Business Teacher Education and Doctor in Educational Management programs and the PUP College of Communication are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Development.
PUP's athletic team competes in the National Capital Region Conference of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) and are collectively known as the Mighty Maroons. They are also members of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). Along with multiple athletic clubs and recreational facilities, PUP is also home to over 100 registered student organizations across all of its campuses, reflecting the diversity of the student body.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Organization and administration
- 4 Academics, ranking and research
- 5 Student life
- 6 Insignia and other representations
- 7 Notable people
- 8 References
- 9 External links
This institution started as the Manila Business School (MBS, also referred as the Manila School of Commerce), founded on October 19, 1904 as part of the city school system under the superintendence of Gabriel A. O’Reilly. The school was established to meet the demands of needed businessmen and businesswomen for government service and private employment. It was renamed as Philippine School of Commerce on 1908 and was made an Insular (or national) school. In 1911, the school was again placed under the administration of the city school system but still kept its status as a national school.
In 1933, the Philippine School of Commerce merged with the Philippine Normal School and the Philippine School of Arts and Trades. The resulting merger placed PSC under the administration of Philippine Normal School and its students who completed their courses were considered graduates of the PNS. President Manuel L. Quezon promised a new building for the school through his graduation address in 1940. This was supported by Congressman Manuel A. Alazarte and PSC's Department Head Luis F. Reyes, who formulated a bill to this effect and present it to the Congress in 1942. Unfortunately, the plan was not carried out because of the Japanese invasion in the Philippines during World War II.
In 1946, efforts for the school's re-establishment and rehabilitation was intensified. The Bureau of Public Works released more than ₱8,000 for the repairs and maintenance of public buildings of which the school is a beneficiary. The ruins of PNS's Normal Hall was reconstructed and the college resumed its operations. Afterwards, the Normal Hall was converted as a dormitory, forcing PSC to continue its operations on its former campus before the merge with PNS and PSAT. However, its campus size is inadequate to serve its ever-growing student population and the school authorities sought to acquire a bigger campus. PSC moved to its new campus in July 1947 which is located at S. H. Loyola Street in Sampaloc, Manila. It continued its operations there until 1971.
The Philippine School of Commerce became the Philippine College of Commerce on 1952 by virtue of Republic Act 778, which broadened the school's course offerings. PSC's Department Head Luis F. Reyes continued to served as its president. Expansion and establishment of satellite campuses throughout the country started on the late 1960s. It was also at this time that the school acquired a large land located at Santa Mesa, Manila near and on the former site of National Development Corporation. PCC moved there and it became the flagship campus, although PCC continues to operate on its S.H. Loyola Campus.
PCC became a chartered state university and was accordingly renamed as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, through Presidential Decree 1341 on April 1, 1978. Dr. Pablo T. Mateo serves as the first president of the university. Mateo was succeeded by Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente who was known for his educational reforms that revitalizes public education in the country through the university he led. A plaza named "Freedom Plaza" was constructed for PUP's centennial in 2004 at the center of Mabini Campus in honor of Prudente, his achievements and for the great contribution of the PUP community.
On 2004, PUP celebrated its centennial anniversary. To highlight the signing of the Declaration of Peace to be put before the United Nations, PUP made the world's largest human rainbow in its centennial celebration held in Rizal Park. It consists of 30,365 students, faculty, staff and alumni and since then PUP held the record for the world's largest human rainbow.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, realizing the need to protect and preserve the Mabini Shrine, a house where Apolinario Mabini once lived, declared PUP as the official permanent home of the Mabini Shrine. She wants to preserve its historical and architectural value through the enactment of Proclamation 1992. PUP Mabini Campus is the fourth and final site of where the Mabini Shrine was transferred according to the National Historical Institute's resolution to protect it from a flood control project of the Metro Manila Development Authority.
In 2005, Dr. Dante G. Guevarra assumed presidency. During his term, he constructed three conference rooms named after former PUP Presidents, namely Mateo, Olonan, and Carague at the Main Building. It was also during his time that the PUPCET iApply, a web-based PUPCET application system was created. He also established the College of Technology (formerly the PUP Technical School), the progenitor of the Institute of Technology.
Although Guevarra's administration made great contributions to the university, his administration also faced controversies including allegations of graft and corruption and the assassination of Vice President for Administration Augustus Cezar under his watch. Dr. Guevarra failed to obtain an outstanding rating as the president of the university and he was suspended along with other university officials. Students also expressed outrage and dissatisfaction against Guevarra's administration.
Dr. Guevarra was replaced by Edicio G. dela Torre, followed by Estelita Wi-Dela Rosa, both of whom became the Officers-in-Charge of PUP during the transition period as the Board of Regents searched for a new President for PUP. During this time the PUP community, its faculty and students were divided on opinions. Several protests from the militant student activist groups occurred. Emanuel de Guzman was appointed as the new president of the university on March 2012.
In 2014, PUP participated in a successful attempt to set a world record for most organ donation pledges, a project spearheaded by the Department of Health. It broke the record for most organ donation pledges in one hour. 3,548 people signed up in the span of 30 minutes, beating India's 2,755 pledged organ donors.
Luntiang Pilipinas Forest Park and the replica of Fort Santiago walls
PUP operates on three campuses located in Santa Mesa, Manila. The three campuses of PUP are the Mabini Campus, the NDC Compound Campus, and the M. H. del Pilar Campus. These campuses are located in close proximity to each other. The NDC Compound Campus and the M.H. del Pilar Campus serves as extension campuses to accommodate PUP's growing student population.
The Mabini Campus is the flagship campus of the university located at the banks of Pasig River. This campus holds the administration and executive offices of PUP. It was named after Apolinario Mabini, a Filipino revolutionary during the Spanish colonial times. The Mabini Shrine is located inside the campus and next to it is the Museo ni Apolinario Mabini, a museum dedicated to the latter. Prominent landmarks inside the campus includes the Mabini Circle, a roundabout that serves as the base for The Obelisk, which is dedicated to the history and people of PUP. A bust of Apolinario Mabini is located at its foot. A popular hangout place and nature park in the campus is the Luntiang Pilipinas Forest Park near the PUP Main Library. It has a lagoon and is sealed by walls that mimicks Fort Santiago in Intramuros.
Sports facilities in the campus include the PUP Gymnasium and Sports Center, an Olympic-size swimming pool, two basketball courts, tennis courts, and the university oval (sports ground) and grandstand. The Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center, the main library of PUP, is regarded as one of the largest libraries in Southeast Asia.
The NDC Compound Campus is where the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Communication, College of Engineering, Institute of Technology, and PUP BPO Center resides. The area in which the campus lies was formerly where the National Development Corporation once stood. The Carriedo House, commonly known as the PUP Antique House, is a heritage site located within this campus. Within the NDC compound can also be found the GSIS Metrohomes, which primarily serves as the boarding dormitories of the students of PUP. Further away from the Mabini Campus is the M. H. Del Pilar Campus, where the Graduate School and the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management resides.
PUP has faced legal issues regarding its campus land and buildings. When the National Development Corporation was disposing its campus in the 1980s, it was willing to sell a portion of the compound leased to Firestone Ceramics Inc. to PUP, which the university takeover. Unfortunately, PUP failed to acquire the site completely, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Firestone Ceramics, granting its right of first refusal and PUP was ordered to reconvey the property. A similar case happened again with Golden Horizon Realty Corporation on a lot measuring 2,407 meters also located inside the NDC Compound which PUP unsuccessfully tries to takeover. In 2007, PUP purchase two condotel-hostel buildings from the Government Service Insurance System to accommodate its growing student population. The buildings, known as PUP Condotel, was worth ₱575.7 million upon its purchase. The Commission on Audit dubbed it as a "waste of government funds" because the buildings are in unusable condition at the time of its purchase. Only PUP Condotel Building A was rehabilitated and is currently in use while Building B was in unusable condition. The rehabilitation cost already amounted to ₱101.3 million as of 2013. The overall cost for the buildings (including its rehabilitation) was pegged at ₱677.1 million and may balloon higher as rehabilitation continues.
Organization and administration
Board of Regents
PUP's Board of Regents is the governing body of the university. Members of the board include University President, the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, and the Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Board of Regents appoints and elects the president of the university, who is considered the chief executive officer of the institution. The Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) serves as the Chief Chairperson while the president of the university serves as the Co-Chairperson. The Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives functions as committee chairpersons. The board, with its 12 members, is the highest decision-making body of the PUP.
|Chairman||Hon. Alex B. Brillantes, Jr.||Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education|
|Co-Chairman||Hon. Emanuel de Guzman||President of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines|
|Member||Hon. Pia Cayetano||Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture|
|Member||Hon. Roman T. Romulo||Chairperson, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education|
|Member||Hon. Margarita R. Songco||Deputy-Director General, National Economic and Development Authority|
|Member||Hon. Mario G. Montejo||Secretary of Science and Technology|
|Member||Hon. Rene A. Tanasas||Alumni Regent; President, Federation of Alumni Association in PUP, Inc.|
|Member||Hon. Edna S. Lavadia||Faculty Regent; President, PUP Federated Faculty Association, Inc.|
|Member||Hon. Ma. Alexi R. Tiotangco||Student Regent; President, ANAK-PUP Student Council Federation|
|Member||Hon. Edicio G. dela Torre||Private Sector Representative; President, Civil Network for Education Reform, Inc.|
|Member||Hon. Corazon Alma G. de Leon||Private Sector Representative; Secretary, Board of Governors and Chairman Chapter Development Committee, Philippine Red Cross|
|Board Secretary||Hon. Merito Lovensky R. Fernandez||Board Secretary, Polytechnic University of the Philippines|
Listed in the table below are the executive officials of PUP as of 2015.
|Emanuel de Guzman||President of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines|
|Manuel M. Muhi||Executive Vice President
Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development
|Samuel Salvador||Vice President for Academic Affairs|
|Albert C. Guillo||Vice President for Administration|
|Marissa Legaspi||Vice President for Finance|
|Herminia E. Manimtim||Vice President for Student Services|
|Joseph Mercado||Vice President for Branches and Campuses|
Academics, ranking and research
|CHED Top Law Schools (2009)||17|
|Architecture Board Exam Top Performing Schools (2014)||3|
|Licensure Exam for Teachers (Elementary) Top Performing Schools (2014)||2|
|Mechanical Engineering Board Exam Top Performing Schools (2013)||2|
|Nutritionist-dietitian Licensure Exam Top Performing Schools (2014)||3|
PUP is composed of 14 Colleges, its Graduate School, the Open University, the Institute of Technology, and the Laboratory High School. It has largest student body in the Philippines with a population of 68,249 students. PUP employs 2,747 employees as of the year-end 2013. For the academic year of 2012-2013, PUP has 1,828 faculty and has a faculty-student ratio of 1 is to 37. PUP has 60 programs listed in the accreditation of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines.
The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which rank universities according to web presence, visibility, and access placed PUP at 12,140 (worldwide) and 43 (national), respectively. Graduates of PUP are included in the most sought out graduates according to employers. In a 2015 survey, PUP ranked 4th among the schools where employers sought out perspective employee from fresh graduates.
PUP admits all students, including foreign students, on a need-blind basis. Admission requires passing the College Entrance Test, commonly known as PUPCET. Upon passing the test, the student must have a general weighted average of 82% and above in high school and must submit his/her good moral character to enroll. A graduate of PUP Laboratory High School is exempted to take the entrance test, unless they opt to take it for scholarship purposes. Also exempted from taking PUPCET are entrance scholars (e.g. valedictorian, salutatorian, journalist, athlete, etc.), who will instead take the PUPSAIT, PUP's entrance scholar examination. Of an estimated 50,000 annual PUPCET examinees, only 8,000 will be accepted due to the university's limited budget. The national government subsidy amounts to ₱16,000 for each student in 2014. More than a hundred of the student population are foreigners from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana. Also, students from South Korea visits PUP every summer to take up Intensive English courses.
In 2014, 10,820 out of 36,458 pass the PUPCET, representing 25.87 percent of the 41,824 exam takers. PUP admitted 10,280 passers out of 36,458 examinees in 2013, and 8,868 passers out of the 11,485 successful takers in 2012.
PUP operate on a semester calendar beginning in late June and ending in late March. Graduating students with a final grade of 1.19-1.00 are awarded degrees summa cum laude, students graduating with a final grade of 1.44-1.20 are awarded magna cum laude, and the students graduating with a grade of 1.75-1.45 are awarded cum laude. Undergraduate students pay an average of ₱1,500 ($34) per semester while high school students pay an average of ₱1,000 ($22) a year.
Schools, Colleges and Institute
|College of Accountancy and Finance||1960|
|College of Architecture and Fine Arts||1987|
|College of Arts and Letters||2012|
|College of Business Administration||1904|
|College of Communication||1974|
|College of Computer and
|College of Education||2009|
|College of Engineering||1986|
|College of Human Kinetics||1978|
|College of Law||2001|
|College of Political Science
and Public Administration
|College of Science||1969|
|College of Social Sciences
|College of Tourism, Hospitality,
and Transportation Management
|Laboratory High School*||1954|
|Institute of Technology||1986|
|*—Laboratory high school for the PUP College of Education.|
PUP boasts of 61 undergraduate programs, offered by its 14 colleges. Its technopreneurial school, the PUP Institute of Technology, offers 6 ladderized programs (three years) of study. Furthermore, PUP confers doctoral and master's degree and has a distance education program for people who want to pursue degree or non-degree courses but are unable to do so due to accessibility, time, domestic and economic constraints.
The PUP Graduate School (GS) was established 1970 that provides advanced professional studies and research in specialized fields leading to doctorate and master's degree programs for professionals.
The PUP Open University (OU) is the first institution of open learning and nontraditional/distance education in the Philippines. It began with the offering of non-degree (technical-vocational) courses in 1970s and was formally established in 1990.
The College of Accountancy and Finance (CAF) started in 1960 as a bachelor program in Commerce with major in Accounting.
The College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) started as a course in Architecture in 1987 under the College of Engineering and Architecture.
In 2012, the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) was formed when College of Arts and the College of Languages and Linguistics was merged in 2012. Its Bachelor of Arts in Filipinology program is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development.
The College of Communication (COC) started as a Bachelor of Arts program in Mass communication in 1974 and was the first communication school in the country. COC was formally established in 2001 when the Department of Mass Communications was separated from the College of Languages and Mass Communications. The college is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development for journalism.
The College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS), started in 1969 as an Electronic Data Process course offered by the College of Accountancy. Its Information Technology undergraduate program was recognized as a Center for Development for Excellence (CODE) by the Commission on Higher Education from 2000 up to 2006.
The College of Education (COED) is the normal school of PUP. It is the oldest college of PUP and was the predecessor of all the university's degree-granting units. Formerly as the College of Office Administration and Business Teacher Education, CoEd began with the offering of business education courses in 1904 which later became the Bachelor in Business Teacher Education. It was awarded by the Business Writers Association of the Philippines the title of "Business College of the Year” in 1955. The Bachelor in Business Teacher Education and Doctor in Educational Management programs are recognized as a Center of Development in Teacher Education.
The College of Engineering (CE) is the engineering school of PUP. It was established on 1986 when the former Institute of Technology was renamed as the College of Engineering and Architecture. The architecture department seceded and became the College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 2001.
The College of Human Kinectics (CHK) began as the College of Physical Education and Sports in 1978. It was established to improve the culture of sports and athleticism in the university.
The College of Law (CL) is the law school of the university. It was formed in 2001 when the proposal to elevate the status of the Law department to a college was approved. The college was ranked 17th in the Commission on Higher Education's Top Law Schools in 2009.
In 2012, the College of Political Science and Public Administration (CPSPA) was formed when College of Economics, Finance, and Politics was abolished.
The College of Science (CS) was formed when College of Arts and Sciences was abolished in 1969. The College of Nutrition and Food Science was merged with CS in 2012. It specializes in pure and applied sciences.
In 2012, the College of Social Sciences and Development (CSSD) was formed when College of Cooperatives and Social Development and the departments of Economics, History, Psychology, and Sociology were merged. Short specialized courses and certificate programs are offered by the college. It also conducts in-house studies and provides research and information services to various clients especially the cooperative sector.
The College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management (CTHTM) was established in 2001 when the Hospitality Management (former Hotel and Restaurant Management) program and Tourism program were separated from College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and Food Technology and College of Business.
The Institute of Technology (iTech) is the technical school of the university established on 1986. Formerly the known as the PUP Technical School (and later known as the PUP Technopreneurial School before being renamed again as the College of Technology), the institute focuses on the integration of technology and skills development to its students.
The Laboratory High School (LHS) is the laboratory school of the College of Education. Founded in 1954 as the Philippine College of Commerce High School, it started as a secondary school where Business Education students of the Faculty of Secretarial and Business Education (now COED) could practice-teach. As part of the commercial curriculum offered in the school, LHS students are taught bookkeeping, marketing, stenography, and other business subjects. The school ranked second after the Manila Science High School in recently concluded National Achievement Test in Manila.
The Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development (OVPREPD) is the official research and planning agency of the university. It oversees the implementation of the research thrusts as defined by the Commission on Higher Education. OVPREPD is composed of the following Units: Research and Extension Management, Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Research, Institutional Planning, Data and Statistical Analysis, Publications, University Printing Press, Social Sciences and Development, and Labor and Industrial Relations. PUP is a member of the De La Salle University–Commission on Higher Education Zonal Research Center.
OVPREPD's progenitor is the Department of Research and Statistics that was established in November 1951.
In 2014, PUP released ₱1.7 million to finance 11 researches. 3 of the approved research proposals came from the College of Science, 3 from the College of Education, 2 from the College of Communication, and 1 each for the College of Arts and Letters and the South Cluster I of PUP Taguig. The research grant was given in 3 tranches.
PUP is the host of the International Research Conference in Higher Education (IRCHE) (2013).
PUP has more than 100 organizations, teams, and sports. It also has a variety of longstanding traditions and celebrations such as the Pylon Run and the month-long founding anniversary.
PUP's more than 100 student organizations and clubs cover a wide range of interests. Cultural organizations are under the University Center for Culture and the Arts. The Central Student Council is the undergraduate student government of PUP. Under the Central Student Council is the PUP Commission on Student Organizations and Accreditation which have the mandate to accredit, re-accredit, or re-validate student organizations in the university.
Notable political student organizations are the Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayan (SAMASA), Bangon PUP, and KILOS! PUP. Popular music organization include the PUPLHS Chorale, the Polysound, and the internationally acclaimed bamboo orchestra group PUP Banda Kawayan (now known as Banda Kawayan Pilipinas).
The Federation of Alumni Associations in PUP, Inc. (FEDAAPI) is the official alumni association of PUP. It oversees various activities for alumni such as class reunions, local gatherings, alumni travel, and career services. The PUP Tahanan ng Alumni Building was established through FEDAAPI.
The PUP Mighty Maroons are the official representative athletic teams of PUP. They participate at the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association National Capital Region Conference and at National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities.
PUP has several clubs and sports group and organizations. These groups represents PUP in several inter-collegiate athletic competitions aside from SCUAA and NAASCU. The College of Human Kinetics was established in 1978 to improve the culture of sports and athleticism in PUP.
The Observer (formerly PUP News) is the university's official publication. It is a collaborative effort between its Communication Management Office and Publications Office, and is published monthly on print and online.
PUPCreaTV is the first university-based online channel in the Philippines. Its pioneer programs are The Observer Online (newscast), PUP TV (feature magazine program), and State U (web series).
PUP has plenty of college-based publications which publishes academic journals. Well-known college publications are The Business Torch (College of Business Administration), The Paradigm (College of Accountancy and Finance), InfoBITS (College of Computer and Information Sciences), The Limestone (College of Education), The Engineering Spectrum (College of Engineering), PUP Archiving and Research Society (College of Social Sciences and Development), and Buklod Diwa (Laboratory High School).
The Catalyst is a stand-alone university-based publication and claims to be the official student publication of PUP.
PUP is known for its student activism. PUP has many student groups focused on political reform. The militant national democratic partisan groups are the cause of frequent protest and rallies in the campus. PUP's variety of partisan groups include liberal, socialist, conservative, and several third party organizations. The dominant party is the militant national democratic.
On March 2013, some activist students burned chairs in a protest regarding an alleged tuition hike. The incident came in the wake of the suicide of a University of the Philippines Manila freshman who allegedly could not afford to pay her tuition. The students involved in the violent protest faced sanctions from the university. The incident is not the first time that PUP students burns and destroys chairs. The first incident was back in 2010, where hundreds of agitated students walked out of the room and began throwing dilapidated chairs, tables, and examination papers from the main building to denounce an allegedly 2,000% tuition hike.
Insignia and other representations
Motto and song
"Tanglaw ng Bayan" is the official motto of the university, translated in English as "Light of the Nation". The university song is called as "Imno ng PUP", which is sung in Tagalog and has been the university's song ever since Prudente restructured the university's philosophy in the 1980s. An English translation of Imno ng PUP was published at the university's website, although it notes that it is not to be sung.
|Polytechnic University of the Philippines Official Seal|
Philippine College of Commerce (1952-1978)
|Armiger||Polytechnic University of the Philippines|
|Torse||Two arcs of laurel wreath placed at the lower left and lower right side|
|Use||Official documents, publications and markers.|
The university's seal is the official scheme used by the university in official documents and official publications.
The star in the logo stands for the perfection of the human person as well as the search for truth, while the five concentric circles depict infinite wisdom. The five-pointed star and the five concentric circles stand for quintessence, meaning the highest form of quality or the most perfect example of creation. The two arcs of laurel on the logo's side symbolize excellence and quality of education as demonstrated by the rich achievements of the PUP in its over a century of existence. These five concentric circles are white because it symbolizes purity. The colors used in the seal represents PUP's traditional color.
Things that represents PUP are collectively known as "University Symbols". There are currently four University Symbols, these are the PUP Pylon, the PUP Obelisk, and the sculptures titled as Mural and The Transformation.
The Pylon is a triad pillars of marble erected at the main entrance of the Mabini Campus. It was constructed in the 1970s and bears the letters P, U and P (one letter for each pillar), the abbreviation for the university. It became the welcoming sight for both the nation's scholars and aspiring students. The Pylon originally stood for the true, the good and the beautiful. However since 1987, it became to symbolize truth, excellence and wisdom. It may also stand for wisdom, strength and beauty.
The PUP Obelisk was constructed on the site called the Mabini Circle. A bust of Apolinario Mabini was erected at the base of its front facade. The Obelisk symbolizes the strength of PUP as an institution of higher learning. On the top of The Obelisk on the north face is PUP's official logo, meant to represent PUP as the "Light of the Nation" (the university's official motto).
The sculpture titled Mural was created by national artist Eduardo Castrillo. It has a size of 2.5×9.3 meters. It illustrates the social, economic, industrial, technological, and cultural aspect of life with which man blends himself to develop an environment necessary to the progress of the nation. It was placed at the main entrance of Mabini Campus. Meanwhile, The Transformation is a masterpiece sculpted in 2000 by Architect Lor Calma. It depicts the dynamic transformation of PUP as it embraces the power of Information and Communications Technology. The Transformation is displayed at the lobby of the Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center.
Persons affiliated to the university, either as students, faculty members, or administrators, are known as "PUPians", an unofficial term coined by the PUP community. Throughout the university's history, faculty, alumni, and the students have played prominent roles in many different fields.
Alumni and faculty
PUP has produced alumni distinguished in their respective fields. Among the well-known people who have attended the university are Filipino political leaders Satur Ocampo, Ted Failon, and numerous other people in the Congress. Businessman such as Ed Teovisio and Fernando Martinez also attended the university. Prominent educators who have attended the university are Galcoso Alburo, University of the East founder Francisco Dalupan, Sr., and the University of Santo Tomas Rector Magnificus Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy.
Notable people who have served as faculty of the university are Jesus Is Lord Church founder, evangelist and political leader Eddie Villanueva, former Senator Blas Ople and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Dante Tiñga.
In film, entertainment, television, PUP is represented by 2006 Binibining Pilipinas-International titleholder Denille Lou Valmonte, actors Bayani Agbayani, Richard Gomez, Tado Jimenez and the comic duo brothers James Ronald and Rodfil Obeso, better known as Moymoy Palaboy.
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